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Adventure at hyperspeed, smirking at the authorities along the way. Tramp around a hostile galaxy in a starship held together with spit and pluck. You’re a motley crew of misfits, gathered by chance, venting your frustrations through witty barbs and alien howls.  

Strap in, kid. We’re gunna burn across the sky ‘til the stars become lines.

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HYPERLANES is the gaming technology that takes you there. We begin with all new Classes and Archetypes, reverse engineered from the basic building blocks of the D&D Player’s Handbook, but reprogrammed for scifi adventuring among the stars, integrating starship battle abilities from the ground up. We splice in all new Feats for cinematic action, systems for building alien species and robot chassis as Races, and iconic Backgrounds to add dimensionality to your spacer. 

We don’t stop there.  

We hook up a hard hitting chapter on armor clad soldiers, fringe-planet crime lords, and monstrous alien threats. We install a honed system for enabling memorable space battles, designed to send a chill up your spine as you blast hostile spacecraft out of the starry sky. We bury you in “magical items” recast as scientific marvels and scavenged technology from forgotten civilizations.  

HYPERLANES is a humming engine of science fiction action and it’s what you need to adapt your favorite star spanning adventure setting to your living room cockpit. We take inspiration from such classics as Star WarsFireflyCowboy Bebop, and Guardians of the Galaxy. We’re pretty sure this is the action scifi supplement you’ve been looking for.

This book was Kickstarted in December 2016 and we are happy to report that it successfully funded at over $40,000. Stretch goals from such an amazing total allowed us to hire on additional writers and artists and really make this book something memorable.

Thankyou to all our wonderful backers.

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Alexandria L October 02, 2020 1:57 am UTC
What, if any, parts of Hyperlanes are considered Open Gaming Content (and thus potentially reproducible in another commercial text)?
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Allan L March 31, 2020 7:52 pm UTC
what changes were made in v1.3?
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Adam W October 02, 2019 6:04 pm UTC
Anyone find the spell "Reverse Polarity" anywhere?
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Todd E June 11, 2018 2:14 am UTC
Just bought the .pdf yesterday. I quite enjoy what you did to 5e, my man. On a side note, I have a question. In Ch. 6, where it explains the size of vehicles, you said,
"Vehicles have a size, just as creatures do, ranging from tiny
to gargantuan. This is mostly just to let you know how many
squares the vehicle should take up on the grid."

The amount of squares taken up by the vehicle would be the same amount that would be taken up by a creature or NPC of relative size, correct?
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marco M May 31, 2018 6:00 pm UTC
For which version of the PHB is this? Third, Fourth, Fifth...?
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Visvesvaran S November 21, 2019 9:38 am UTC
Assuming you mean which edition of D&D - it's based on the D&D 5th edition rules.
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Brandon B April 30, 2018 2:04 pm UTC
Will there be a version of this which is a complete game (complete list of skills, complete list of damage types, complete list of feats, and so on)?
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RYAN C May 09, 2018 10:14 pm UTC
Most likely not. There are a lot of things that we don't include from the PHB because they're not available under the Open Game License. The SRD doesn't even include ability scores, for instance. Most of the time though, you shouldn't need to look too much up in your base D&D books.
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Ben F January 13, 2018 2:42 pm UTC
Posted this on the Kickstarter, too, but never saw it addressed: Some of the classes seem to have some errors. The genius specialties other than Engineer all seem to be missing a level 10 feature. The Outlaw Saboteur has a level 6 feature when outlaw archetypes only seem to get features at 3, 9, 13, and 17.
There might be more errors than this, but this was just something I noticed.
I'm looking at version 1.2.
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Victor S December 27, 2017 10:48 pm UTC
Will this book be available in hardcover in the future?
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Gabriel G September 06, 2017 5:40 am UTC
are the unlocked goals are to be released in the corebook package or will they be released each as separate items to be bought?
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Nathan D August 17, 2017 3:40 am UTC
Hi, I've read that you planned to release Unfolding Starscapes sometime soon. Do you have a hard date in mind, or is that still a little far off?
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Colin B August 15, 2017 11:57 am UTC
Loving the way this has been designed to integrate with the 5E rules.

A few questions/requests....

(1) On ships, what does: "Little 1, Mobile 1, Resistant 1, Vulnerable 1" mean in the rules, or is this just a guide?

(2) Could we get a version number within the PDF.

(3) Also a separate PDF detailing the changes as some of us have purchased the hardcover version and it would help to have an errata document that we can print off.
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August 07, 2017 3:33 pm UTC

For the feat Procedural Gambits, there seems to be no hard limit to how many procedures the character can learn beyond the gambit must be half the characters level round up. What is the limit for pulling these procedures? Should they use the Genius gambit track at half their level round up?
My apologies if this is clearly explained and I'm just not grokking it.
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Brett B July 31, 2017 5:07 pm UTC
I'm getting geared to use part of this in my current 5th ed game and plan on using some Hellscapes as well once it comes out. The nifty part of a party finding a way to cross universes, plains, and dimensions .....
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Jared A July 26, 2017 8:42 pm UTC
The Science Vessel is the only vehicle that grants tricks and also gambits that aren't tied to a specific battlestation. Who gets to use those?

Also one of those gambits is Reverse Polarity, which only shows up for one other vehicle and an NPC and isn't listed anywhere in the Gambit section.

Can you guess what Starship I'm trying to get my DM to let my Pilot start with?

Overall the book looks great and I can't wait to sit down and play it.
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Barry W July 26, 2017 5:46 am UTC
How does psionics, force, or magic work in this? Also is there a contents page you can share?!
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RYAN C July 26, 2017 6:25 pm UTC
Hey Barry, so the rules here are designed to simply integrate with most existing D&D rules. You can run with a wizard or bring in NPCs with spells if you want and it generally all works together fine. We're also in the process of finishing up a book with hit with our Kickstarter campaign stretch goals called Unfolding Starscapes that specifically addresses the issue of crossover between sci-fi and fantasy. That should be up on Drivethru for the general public in the next few weeks.

As for contents, I'll adjust the preview pages so you can see the first page of the Table of Contents. I guess right now you're only seeing the second one.
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Travis R September 03, 2017 7:38 am UTC
I have been developing a campaign specifically geared to this product, a story I've been trying to get out of my head for years. I got excited at the prospect of seeing how these rules would handle psychic phenomena while creating alien races when the Psychic cultural trait appeared, taunting me. I continued to create my universe and then dove into the beginnings of the journey.

Long story short: I'm really only curious as to the nature of psychic phenomena within the scope and realms of Hyperlanes as, after Cultural Traits, nothing else is said or heard of that I have come across (possibly a tad frantic in my searching). And since 5E rules on psionics are currently only in Unearthed Arcana, I'm left wondering if you fine folks are developing the idea more, or just leaving it as is.

I can adapt the UA Mystic into what I need and then recreate gambit cards from that if I must. I've more or less been awaiting the rest of the items from the Kickstarter.
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RYAN C July 06, 2017 6:42 am UTC
Todd, the 1.2 is the newest version. The others are the older versions. We'll pull them out of there soon so there's no more confusion. It's just that we've been updating the file a bit as our backers have sent us feedback.
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